This book was better than I expected. I’m not really a mystery person, but I could not put this book down. Towards the end, I was constantly getting thrown for a loop. This is, in my opinion, a model mystery (of course, as I said before, I am not a mystery person, so please don’t flame me if you read Agatha Christie).
The characters were all very good, and well-developed. I appreciated the change and dynamics of most of them. However, I wouldn’t mind at all if the sole girl the protagonist’s age had not become his girlfriend: this is a pattern which irks me.
I found the setting, though somewhat far-fetched (OK, very far-fetched) entertaining and exciting, which counts in a children’s/young adult book.
This is a book that I would read again and would most definitely recommend to my friends. Sadly, I would not nominate it for the Newbery Medal, or an honor, because in my opinion it isn’t really distinguished and does not contribute to juvenile literature.
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